(Not to be confused with Talkin’ ‘Bout Art.)
James Elkins has a Blog!
Art Criticism: Art Criticism Discussion with Jim Elkins has been started in preparation for STATES OF ART CRITICISM: VAP Symposium. I know, I know. I was hoping it would be about riding on the train and having to sit next to some smelly kid carrying a bag of art supplies from Utrecht, and other personal anecdotes.
There is a big program of art criticism events on the horizon at SAIC. You can see a full list here. Art or Idiocy? is most excited about Dave Hickey coming since we’ve actually heard of him before. That is actually a good thing because VAP frequently brings in all sorts of new names with fresh perspectives.
The symposium brings up such questions as “when you read a review of art, do you actually finish it?” “How come art historians hate art so much?” “Who put Artforum in charge?” and “Will there be a contest to see which critic can write the most thorough description?”
This should be a good group of events.
Also, MANthoughts on criticism's critical catastrophe